Earlier this summer, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto inaugurated PetStar, the largest food-grade PET recycling plant in the world, where the Coca-Cola System in Mexico, comprised of Arca Continental, Coca-Cola Mexico and other bottling partners, invested more than $100 million dollars and which will have the capacity to process up to 65,000 tons of PET bottles, doubling its previous capacity.
Italian firm Amut installed its PET bottles recycling system, which is designed to convert post-consumer PET bottles into flakes suitable to be processed by the SSP (Solid-State Polycondensation) system.
The plant has driven a change in Mexico's waste management sector by converting the post-consumer bottles into usable and valuable manufacturing input. The non-biodegradable nature of PET bottles has caused a excessive waste disposal problem throughout Mexico.
The Amut machine includes a bottle pre-washing, detection, grinding, washing, drying and a final flakes detection in one integrated system running a continuous process. The Amut patented washing systems grant the complete removal of impurity with a substantial saving of water and chemicals. The patented friction washer, connected with a water-flow recirculation and filtering system, removes any type of polluting material from the PET flakes. The Amut system is a continuous process, not based on batches, where washing process, water temperature, friction level and resident time are automatically controlled and monitored.
The supplying of this plant is part of a social responsibility program to eradicate child labor: a reimbursement is provided to those families who collect waste bottles giving them the possibility to send children to school. Furthermore, the motto of PetStar is "Recycling is giving PET new life." The company believes that a recycling attitude should start from childhood and children themselves can be an example for their parents and promote behaviors against pollution.